CD Cover to Cover [BMG Special Products] (CD 15994331),
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Cover to Cover [BMG Special Products]

  • 1. Shapes of Things
    2. Stop Breakin' Down
    3. Highway 49
    4. As the Years Go Passing By
    5. I'm Ready
    6. Evil
    7. Stuck in the Middle With You
    8. Angel
    9. Moon Is Full, The
    10. Yer Blues
    11. Communication Breakdown
    12. Me and My Crazy Self
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 23888

  • Credits
    ProducerJeff Healey Band; Thom Panunzio

    COVER TO COVER is an album of cover songs.
    The Jeff Healey Band: Jeff Healey (guitar, vocals, 6-string bass); Joe Rockman (bass); Tom Stephen (drums).
    Additional personnel: Pat Rush (guitar); Jerome Godboo, John Popper (harmonica); Roy Bittan, Denis Keldi, Paul Shaffer (keyboards); Art Avalos (percussion); Amanda Marshall, Mischke, Stevie Vain (background vocals).
    Recorded at Forte Studio and Sounds Interchange, Toronto, Canada; A&M Recording Studio, Hollywood, California; The Hit Factory, New York, New York.
    "Shapes Of Things" was nominated for a 1996 Grammy Award for Best Rock Instrumental Performance.
    Recording information: A&M Recording Studio, Hollywood, CA; Forte Studio, Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Sounds Interchange, Toronto, Ontario, Canada; The Hit Factory, New York, NY.
    One likes the covers concept espoused by blues-rockers The Jeff Healey Band in a kind of backhanded way: as much as one admires the chops displayed by Toronto's blind guitarist whiz-kid, the group's songwriting is somewhat lyric-challenged. Cover to Cover works to circumvent the combo's main limitations. The disc kicks off in grand style with a dramatic, original instrumental reading of The Yardbird's "Shapes of Things." A pair of Hendrix numbers ("Freedom," "Angel") chalks up to unfortunate typecasting for Healey. Some inclusions (try the Stealer's Wheel chestnut "Stuck in the Middle with You") are bland vanilla throwaways. Still others, namely Spirit's "I Got a Line on You," sends one running back to the original versions. Mind you, if any of these point new listeners in the direction of the original, then a valuable public service has been performed. ~ Roch Parisien

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